AURORA | Five pitches into the game Saturday, the Smoky Hill softball team had a lead against rival Cherokee Trail. And this time, the Buffaloes wouldn’t give it up.
The Cougars rallied in the final inning to steal one from Smoky Hill in the first Centennial League meeting between the teams two weeks earlier, but the rematch saw the Buffaloes go in front after just two hitters on a home run by senior Amrajie Bass and keep their foot on the pedal on the way to an 11-4 victory.
Bass homered for a second time to begin a seven-run fifth inning, which gave senior pitcher Delaney Farnsworth plenty of cushion to finish off the contest. Coach B.J. Kingsbaker’s Buffaloes improved to 15-3 overall and moved alone into first place atop the Centennial League standings with a league mark of 6-1.
Seniors Izzy Giroux and Paris Elsberry also hit home runs, Bass drove in three on the day and juniors Gabi Giroux and Eliana Trujillo had two RBI apiece for Smoky Hill, which came into the game ranked No. 7 in CHSAANow.com’s latest Class 5A rankings.
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Farnsworth scattered four hits and struck out 10 in the victory.
Coach Caley Mitchell’s Cherokee Trail team saw a three-game winning streak come to an end and now sits 10-7 overall and is tied with Arapahoe in second place in the conference standings at 5-2.
Sophomore Cayman Lightner homered and drove in two runs for the Cougars, who also scored when senior CC Cushenbery drove in senior Ryleigh Cruz and when Lightner reached on a dropped third strike that allowed sophomore Chiara Pryor to come home.
Cherokee Trail starting pitcher Alyssa Fullmer had a difficult first inning that included a four-pitch walk to Gabi Giroux to open the game followed by Bass’ drive over the fence in left field as well as Farnsworth scoring on a throw on a double steal attempt.
Fullmer settled in to pitch three scoreless innings and allow her team to creep back within a run, but ran into trouble in the fifth when she allowed back-to-back homers to Bass and Izzy Giroux.
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(7) SMOKY HILL 11, CHEROKEE TRAIL 4
Score by innings:
Smoky Hill 300 071 0 — 11
Cher. Trail 110 002 0 — 4
SMOKY HILL (ab-r-h-rbi)
Gabi Giroux ss 3-1-2-2, Amrajie Bass c 4-2-2-3, Izzy Giroux 1b 4-1-1-1, Paris Elsberry 4-2-3-1, Delaney Farnsworth p 2-2-0-0, Danika Wood rf 3-0-1-0, Morgan Cameron 2b 4-1-0-0, Ellie Virtue lf 3-1-0-0, Eliana Trujillo cf 4-1-1-2. Totals 31-11-10-9. Smoky Hill pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Delaney Farnsworth (W, 7-4-4-2-5-10).
CHEROKEE TRAIL (ab-r-h-rbi)
Ryleigh Cruz 2b 1-1-0-0, Brooke Scott cf 4-0-1-0, Addison Krei ss 4-0-0-0, CC Cushenbery c 4-0-1-1, Jaelyn Martinez lf 3-0-0-0, Lily Krob rf 3-0-0-0, Chiara Pryor 1b 2-2-1-0, Cayman Lightner dp 2-1-1-2, Alyssa Fullmer p 2-0-0-0. Totals 26-4-4-3. Cherokee Trail pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so): Alyssa Fullmer (L, 4 1/3-6-5-5-2-2), Cayman Lightner (2 2/3-4-6-6-2-2).
2B — Smoky Hill (3): Gabi Giroux 2, Eliana Trujillo; Cherokee Trail: Chiara Pryor. HR — Smoky Hill (4): Amrajie Bass 2 (1 on in 1st, solo in 5th), Izzy Giroux (solo in 5th), Paris Elsberry (solo in 6th); Cherokee Trail: Cayman Lightner